HC Deb 01 May 1995 vol 259 cc6-7
6. Mr. Spring

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the projected savings from the passing of the Jobseekers Bill; and if he will make a statement. [20122]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security (Mr. Roger Evans)

The direct benefit savings are projected to be around £270 million in a full year. However, that figure takes no account of success in getting people back to work earlier.

Mr. Spring

Does my hon. Friend agree that, apart from the financial considerations, there is also a moral aspect? Does not the taxpayer need to be protected from those who are not genuinely seeking work, and is that not precisely what the Bill will achieve?

Mr. Evans

Yes. The provisions for a jobseeker's agreement and direction are focused on that specific problem.